[amsat-bb] Re: Best HT's for sats?

Edward Cole kl7uw at acsalaska.net
Fri Apr 4 22:22:10 PST 2008

When I owned a TH-D7A I never ran all that stuff, I guess.  But it 
seems that you can run it on an external power source.  That might be 
clumbersome if out "waving" an Arrow but when used with a mobile or 
home antenna system: "where's the problem?"

I think the attributes and mutliple uses for the little Kenwood 
overshaddows any shortcomings.  I would have kept mine but the ham I 
bought it from (at an excellent price) needed it back to donate to a 
special program.

Some day I may get another.  I have use of a Motorola HT-1250 (from 
work) for general FM use, and I normally use the FT-847 in the shack 
for satellites, so no immediate need.  I have thought that a D700 
would be nice for mobile.  I still have my FT-817 for multi-modes 
going mobile or portable.  With experience one can work the Leo's 
without full duplex, though it is much more satisfying to run full 
duplex for any satellite.

73 Ed - KL7UW

At 03:16 PM 4/4/2008, Robert Bruninga wrote:
> > A lot of folks seem to like the Kenwood TH-D7A, but
> > the price tag is quite high for a radio that is "very
> > delicate," "extremely difficult to program," and "poor
> > battery life".
>I donno. I've drop kicked mine a number of times.  It is trivial
>to program either with the TEXT menus, and full 4-way joy stick,
>or the PC program.  Poor battery life only if you have evrything
>running to the max:
>1) Both internal radios on
>2) Internal TNC on
>3) Battery saver off
>4) Transmitting APRS beacons evey minute at high power
>But then that's why most people bought the radio to do all those
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